PHOTOS: Zedd at Fox Theater Oakland 10/9

Zedd

Photos by Marc Fong // Written by Mike Frash

Zedd has settled on a pretty effective and lucrative EDM sound — just take a look at his two sold out shows in Oakland at the Fox Theater October 8 & 9. Let’s be honest here — this is not just the future of pop music, but the immediate present. Encroaching into Kaskade’s long-developed aesthetic, but making singles like “Clarity” even more accessible for radio play, Zedd’s music is anthemic and centered around angelic female vocals. Along these lines, Zedd is now cashing in (wouldn’t you?), producing tracks for Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.

A Zedd show still packs a punch, giving bassheads the drops and video-game inspired noises they crave. Photographer extraordinaire Marc Fong was on the scene to capture the moment.

Vampire Weekend at Fox Theater Oakland 4/17

Vampire-WeekendWritten by Molly Kish ~ Photos by Marc Fong

Vampire Weekend stopped by the East Bay Wednesday night to a sold out Fox Theater in Oakland. Following the opening act dance party provided by the New York electro outfit Tanlines, the crowd’s energy was high and filled with anticipation for the east coast darlings to take the stage. Near identical to their Coachella performance on Sunday, the band rattled off a set list full of fast paced hits with no time for banter in between.


Vampire Weekend gave a teaser of their forthcoming album playing the two recently released singles “Diane Young” and “Step” and Ezra Koenig said they will have a setlist full of new material when they return in August. Be sure to catch them this summer at Outside Lands 2013, providing a welcome burst of energy to a festival bill near you!

Sigur Rós spellbind crowd & offer new material at The Fox

Sigur-RosPhotos by Marc Fong

A band amidst a reformation, Sigur Rós proved this week they are back in a major way after a four year hiatus and the loss of a core band member earlier this year. Their dreamy, ambient but oftentimes intense style of music remains intact, however they have evolved their sound to be more assertive than the direction they took with their extremely mellow 2012 album Valtari. Sigur Rós appears to be going in a new direction, which they put on display for a captive audience at The Fox Theater, Oakland Tuesday.

Making their second Bay Area appearance in less than a year (they sub-headlined Outside Lands 2012), Sigur Rós demonstrated this new sound immediately by opening the show with a new song titled “Yfirborð”. “Kveikur,” “Hrafntinna,” and “Brennisteinn” are also new songs that were performed throughout the show. “Brennisteinn” is a perfect example of their new, more “aggressive” sound – just watch the music video. In addition to these excellent new tracks, Sigur Rós demonstrated they still have the ability to nail their classics, despite the departure of keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson earlier this year. Sigur Rós delighted with fan favorites such as “Svefn-g-englar,” “Hoppípolla” and “Glósóli,” to name a few. Although they now call themselves a “trio,” there was an accompanying string and horn section, as well as a percussionist/keyboardist and backing guitars.

The magical, etherial sounds of Sigur Rós would not be complete without steller visuals to accompany the music. Abstract video and the band member silhouettes were projected on a giant transparent screen draped in front of the stage for the first few songs before it was dramatically dropped at a peak moment, revealing the entire band behind it. Behind the band was a massive, movable video screen that played accompanying video throughout the entire show.

Frontman Jónsi looks poised to take this band to new heights and nothing should stop him. Jónsi’s spellbinding voice and guitar have always been a signature of Sigur Rós, and that has not changed one bit. Sigur Rós held the audience captive Tuesday and delivered a knockout set.

We can expect a few of the new songs we heard on Tuesday to appear on their upcoming album Kveikur, which is scheduled to drop June 18.

Setlist:
Yfirborð
Ný Batterí
Vaka
Hrafntinna
Sæglópur
Svefn-g-englar
Varúð
Hoppípolla
Með Blóðnasir
Olsen Olsen
Kveikur
Festival
Brennisteinn

Encore:
Glósóli
Popplagið

Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band delight at Fox Theater Oakland

Josh-Ritter

Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band played to a sit down audience at Fox Theater Oakland Wednesday in support of their new record The Beast In Its Tracks, which dropped in early March. Take a look at a snippet of “Joy To You Baby,” the lead single from Josh Ritter’s 6th LP below after the snaps.

Upcoming Shows at The Fox Theater Oakland:
Band of Horses featuring Jake Bugg ~ Saturday April 13
Sigur Rós featuring Oneohtrix Point Never ~ Tuesday April 16
David Byrne & St. Vincent ~ Sunday July 21

Josh Ritter – The Beast In Its Tracks Album Teaser from Josh Ritter on Vimeo.

Neurosis at The Fox Theatre Oakland 11.17.12

Photos by Marc Fong

Neurosis played their record release show to the hometown crowd the Fox Theatre Oakland Saturday, performing tracks from their brand new LP Honor Found in Decay. The veteran post-metal group is led by Scott Kelly on vocals & guitar.